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Heart for Humanity- 2020 Chang Humanitarian Award Honoree Announced

In 2020, the ASCRS Foundation is honored to bestow the Chang Humanitarian Award on a man who has given over sixty-years of his life to the cause of sight in West Africa: Dr. Lowell Gess. Possessing a quiet and gentle spirit, Dr. Gess’ humanitarian journey began before he even chose ophthalmology. And now a half-century later, his namesake eye hospital in the Sierra Leone stands as testament to his life’s work.

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Dr. Lowell Gess in clinic
Grants & Awards
Richard Litwin recieving the Chang Award

Chang Humanitarian Award

Child Patient at Sinskey

Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grant

Dr Performing Surgery

Resident Excellence Award

"Humanitarian eye care is exciting and enlarges your view of the world and your place on it. But watch out; it's addictive."
Richard Litwin, MD, 2019 Chang Humanitarian Award Honoree

"I would absolutely recommend current residents and fellows to apply! Reach out to your residency or fellowship director to express your interest in being nominated."
Nandini Venkateswran, 2019 Resident Excellence Winner

"It was good fortune to get into eyecare. With renewed sight, the patient walks without being led, resumes a productive life that provides food, shelter and family needs and assumes a new dignity."
Lowell Gess, MD, 2020 Chang Humanitarian Award Honoree

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